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Nathan Ballingrud

USA flag (b.1970)

Nathan Ballingrud was born in Massachusetts in 1970, but spent most of his life in the South. His short story collection, North American Lake Monsters, won the Shirley Jackson award, and his collection Wounds was adapted by Netflix. His work has been nominated for the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker awards. Among other things, he has been a cook on oil rigs and barges, a waiter, and a bartender in New Orleans. He now lives in Asheville.

Genres: Horror
New and upcoming books
   The Strange (2023)
   North American Lake Monsters (2013)
     aka Monsterland
   Wounds (2019)
Novellas and Short Stories
   The Visible Filth (2015)
Nathan Ballingrud recommends
No One Dies from Love (2023)
Robert Levy
"Robert Levy's No One Dies From Love may well end up being the book of the year for me. There is a frankness, a boldness, and a compassion in these stories that give real weight to the darkness they hold. It's easy to caricature human pain and vulnerability in service to a horror story, but Levy writes with honesty and depth, and it makes all the difference. I saw some of my own dark corners reflected back to me in this book, and felt the peace that comes from recognition. And that, to me, is what stories are all about."
The Black Maybe (2022)
Attila Veres
"The Black Maybe, by Attila Veres, is a refreshing blast of cold cellar air. The horror is insidious and surreal, slowly chewing away what you think is real until you find yourself surrounded by a nightmare. I love this book!"
Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke And Other Misfortunes (2022)
Eric LaRocca
"Eric LaRocca is like a punk rocker crashing the over-produced world of arena rock in the 1970s: he's ferocious, angry, and coming on at a hundred miles an hour. He reminds us of what horror does better than any other genre: it lets loose the raw primal scream of life."

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Anthologies containing stories by Nathan Ballingrud
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2023 (2023)
(Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, book 9)
edited by
John Joseph Adams and R F Kuang
The Best Horror of the Year Volume 13 (2021)
(Best Horror of the Year, book 13)
edited by
Ellen Datlow

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